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1. The low, guttural, menacing sound made by an animal: the growl of a dog.
2. A gruff surly utterance: The desk officer answered my greeting with a growl.
v. growled, growl·ing, growls
1. To emit a low guttural sound or utterance.
2. To speak in an angry or surly manner.
To utter by growling: growled the orders.

[Middle English groule, grollen, to rumble, growl, probably from Old French grouler, of Germanic origin.]

growl′y adj.


adj, -lier or -liest
resembling a growl
References in classic literature ?
With tiny whines and thin whimperings, with whiffs and whuffs and growly sorts of noises down in his throat, he would try to tell her somewhat of his tale.
Not only is he a Brit award winner, not only did his debut album (What a Time To Be Alive) reach No1, not only has he got a wonderfully growly voice that can rise to any note, he also seems to be a thoroughly likeable chap who loves his wee Scottish granny Sadie, 81.
She is also a lot less growly than the present incumbent who is also an unlikely suave ballroom dancer.
What started as a sideline project is now a rapidly growly, globespanning business that in 2019 will see Iona expand her sales agency representation across the US, Italy, UAE and Mexico to meet increased demand.
The 40-year-old actor and comedian is of Jewish descent, slim, youthful and possessed of a fantastically growly voice.
The notes are all called different names; Daddy Dug, Aunty Annie, Growly Bear and Eek the Bird."
Bear Kuda is particularly growly about the newcomer's invasion because he doesn't like new things; particularly noises.
The diesel engine is a tad grumpy and growly at low revs and certainly lacks the sweet harmony of a six-cylinder petrol, but then it is an oil burner.
His head is egg-shaped, the voice growly, the face pouchy, the grey hair fashionably long in the style of some bohemian academic from the 1970s.
A moving tale of courage, loss and love, centred by a fantastic voice performance by Liam Neeson as the growly, force-of-nature Monster, A MONSTER CALLS is a fantastical adventure with an all too real beating heart.
But it's understandably hard to convince anyone that the growly, scary-looking dog is actually a big, friendly doofus.